Category: Flowers: Wild and Otherwise

Claret Cup Cactus Blossoms

Claret Cup Cactus Blossoms

Each year is the same and each year is also different. Although these are the only claret cup blossoms I’ve seen this year, I saw lots of buds yesterday. And every single claret cup cactus I saw — including this one — was growing out of rock. Although I saw many claret cup cactuses last spring as well, I don’t believe any were growing out of rock.

Wild Pasqueflowers, 2022 Edition

Wild Pasqueflowers

I just love these little flowers, which grow wild in two very specific places I know of, both on the east side of the Sandias between about 6,000 and 8,000 feet. They almost always bloom right around Passover and Easter and this year, despite a very late spring, was no exception — I saw the first blossoms just a few days ago.

Happy Easter/Passover/Spring and/or whatever else you celebrate.

Sandia Hairstreak, 2022 Edition

Sandia Hairstreak, 2022 Edition

Despite a rather dry winter and a fairly chilly spring, New Mexico’s state butterfly — the Sandia hairstreak (Callophrys mcfarlandi) — has been quite visible in the Sandia foothills during recent weeks. This one is browsing on some three-leaf sumac flower buds which are just starting to open.

El Malpais on the Cusp

Fall Blooms at El Malpais

And just like that, summer became fall last week. That I saw this blast of color at El Malpais is, well, surprising — most of the landscapes I’ve seen there are either bland or downright scary; almost never colorful.

Sandia Meadow with Wildflowers

Meadow filled with sunflowers and coneflowers

Sunflowers and coneflowers fill a meadow in the Sandia mountains.

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